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Module Title
Quality Management for Engineers
Reference ENM612 Version 3
Created June 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended September 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To introduce the student to the use of statistical measurements to assess system performance and to provide the student with the ability to evaluate the scientific basis of management ideas and techniques, particularly in relation to the use of statistics and the teaching of W. Edwards Deming.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Identify and critically discuss the theoretical basis of current management thinking and the need for a scientific approach to management theory.
2 Discuss, evaluate and assess the contribution of W. Edwards Deming's System of Profound Knowledge to the future development of management thinking.
3 Apply an understanding of variation and statistical process control techniques to the improvement of processes.

Indicative Module Content
Study of statistical techniques: Introduction to Taguchi experiments, sampling regimes, run charting and statistical process control. Identification of process improvement strategies. Introduction to the theories that underpin current management thinking. The need for conceptual thought as well as the application of techniques. The work of W Edwards Deming. The System of Profound Knowledge: Systems thinking, some knowledge of psychology and variation, theory of knowledge. The need to continually learn. Deming's 14 points.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture-based course supplemented with tutorials, computer labs and student-centred learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 35 35
Non-Contact Hours 115 115
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Examination Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: Closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
To pass the module you must achieve at least 50% in the examination.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% to 69%
C 55% to 59%
D 50% to 54%
E 40% to 49%
F below 40%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module EN2901 Mathematics 2 or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 DEMING, W.E., 1996. The New Economics. 2nd ed. Cambridge: MIT Press.
2 WETHERILL, G., 1991. Statistical Process Control: Theory and Practice. London: Chapman and Hall.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781